Jeff Meek, who assumed the mantle of Interim Managing Editor of the Hot Springs Village Voice in January, will speak on research and interviewing techniques for writers at the February 23 meeting of the Village Writers’ Club at 1:00 p.m. in Room 6 of the Coronado Center at 150 Ponderosa Way, Hot Springs Village, AR.
Meek is author of They Answered the Call - World War II Veterans Share Their Stories, for which Jeff interviewed 278 veterans.
The skills he used to find the veterans he interviewed for the book and to encourage veterans to open up to him are important to writers of both fiction and nonfiction. Jeff will share ways writers can locate people to serve as resources. Just as importantly, he will discuss how to decide the right questions to ask and how to frame them.
Jeff also searched for, found, and interviewed the sailor and dental assistant who were the subjects of the iconic August 1945 Times Square “kissing sailor” photo that celebrated the end of World War II. As part of his discussion of finding and then interviewing, sources, Jeff will talk about the steps Jeff took to find, interview, and write about the people in that photo.
Whether you are planning interviews for a family history or looking for who and how to interview people to help make your mystery novel believable, Jeff’s presentation will offer valuable insights.
Title: Research and Interviewing Techniques for Writers
Speaker: Jeff Meek, Interim Managing Editor, Hot Springs Village Voice
Date: February 23, 2015
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Coronado Center (Room 6), 150 Ponderosa Way, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909
Cost: $3 contribution for room rental
A cash-award writing contest is open ONLY to all current Village Writers' Club members. The contest begins November 24, 2014 with a deadline of midnight, January 26, 2015.
The purpose of the contest is to use one of the two photographs below as inspiration for a fictional short story.
(The contest committee would like to thank Sue Wilson and Paul Bonnell for the photos.)
For complete information about the contest:
1) Contact Contest Chair: Madelyn Young,
Phone 922-5702 or email email@example.com
Poetry Readers at the Showcase of the Arts
FRONT: Nancy Foris, Lloyd Henning
BACK: John Swinburn, Betty Marlow, Melissa Sonnen, Mary Lou Moran, Sandy Lundin
Women on Writing has notified Madelyn Young that she is a finalist in their Summer Flash Fiction contest with her story "A Time to Be Born." Madelyn's submission is now rated in the top ten finalists; the entries will eventually be narrowed down to the top 3 winners.
VWC has chosen John Swinburn as the winner of the Showcase of the Arts poetry contest. John's winning poem "Circles on a Train" will lead off the poetry readings when members present their poetry on the Woodlands Auditorium stage on October 4 from 1:45 until 2:05.
John is a writer of poetry and short fiction for his own personal satisfaction. His poetry tends toward whimsy or story-telling. He thinks writing also provides an emotional outlet for the writer. John and his wife Janine Bethscheider retired to Hot Springs Village from Dallas, Texas in April 2014.
The Big Rock Reading Series has announced some of its fall participants which include authors such as Janis Kearney, publisher and author; poets Steven D. Schroeder and Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum; poet Megan Blankenship and prose writer Stacey Jones. Take advantage of these free presentations.
All events are held in the RJ Wills Lecture Hall, Camus Center, Main Campus (NLR) and are free and open to the public.
President: Mary Lou Moran
Vice President: Marlene Kloack
Secretary: Madelyn Young
Treasurer: Melissa Sonnen
Past President (new office this year): Jerry Davis
The Fourth Thursday Author series has been renamed FOCCL PRESENTS, but the intent and format will remain the same.
2015 Local Author Series Presenters:
TO BE UPDATED SOON
The FOCCL features a local published author the last Thursday of each month, January through October. Presentations are at 4 PM in Room 6 of the Coronado Center.
For more information, contact Judy Carroll, 922-5918
Harding Stedler, poetry editor of MauMag, has offered an invitation to club members to submit poems to him for possible publication. The slick-covered quarterly magazine published in Maumelle. Every issue of MauMag is online if you'd like to give the poetry page a look.
Send your poems to him either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or USPS at :
100 Park Drive, Apt 522
Maumelle, AR 72113
CONTACT MAGAZINE DIRECTLY FOR MORE INFORMATION
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"What an astonishing thing a book is. It is a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts, on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person. [...] Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. Books are proof that humans are capable of working magic." -- Carl Sagan
The Spots Magazine has been re-designed and will have lifestyle articles from all over our region, not just Hot Springs. To find out more information contact Marisa Rodgers at email@example.com
The Springs is a newspaper-type periodical that is widely distributed in Hot Springs and made available to all tourists. The editors would like to have a section devoted to the Village. To ask questions or to submit announcements and articles contact JoAnne Mangione at firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline for submissions is the 15th of each month.
You might want to attend some of these fine writing conferences scheduled to be held in Arkansas and neighboring states.
The Critique meets at the Chamber of Commerce (West Gate) on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 2 PM.
Material for the critique is usually 2,000 words or less, emailed in .pdf format to all members of the group by the end of the week before the meeting.
Critiques are intended to be constructive and helpful, always focused on the work, not the writer. Copy editing/formatting aid is usually done beforehand on the material and brought to the meeting, but not discussed in any detail.
Oral critique usually concerns plot, characterization, reader interest, etc.
A list of critique group members is not currently available for posting.
Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good. -- Samuel Johnson
There are just three rules for writing -- but nobody knows what they are. -- Somerset Maugham
Cut out all the exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald